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August 19, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Press Release: 2017 Top CSEC Student Named

Source: Antigua Observer JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda –Friday 18th August, 2017………The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is pleased to name Eric Emmanuel Joseph Jr. as the top student in the June, 2017 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. Joseph of Baptist Academy wrote and passed 15 subjects, securing 13…

Fashion House in Antigua & Barbuda for Major Photoshoot

Source: Antigua Chronicle Chen Burkett, a noted New York based fashion designer has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and leading luxury resort, Carlisle Bay to capture the romantic elements of Antigua and Barbuda in an on-island photo shoot taking place in Antigua this week, ahead of the launch of…

Local Pharmacist Receives Major Award

Source: Antigua Chronicle Local Pharmacist, Alfred Athill, was showered with accolades during the 37th Annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists Conference in Belize over the weekend. Athill, who is Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Pharmaceutical Services collected the Regulatory Affairs Award for High Standards, Excellent Services and Dedication during the prestigious event and for…

UPP Calls For Resignation of Tourism Minister

Source: Antigua Chronicle Despite forecasts for record levels of visitors for Antigua’s 60th Anniversary of Carnival, stay over arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda continue on a downward trajectory. The latest statistics for the month of July show a 10% decline across all markets, indicating that the projected arrivals did not meet expectations. The UPP is extremely…

EMS `Carnival ‘60’ Strategic Plan a Success

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Carnival Season’s Strategic Plan put together by the Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Service (ABEMS) was deemed a success. According to information from the Head of the EMS, Shawn Greenidge, the dedicated staff of ABEMS showed their commitment to providing the best pre hospital services to the citizens, residents…

ABBA Names Final Squad to Participate in Upcoming LIBA Tournament (photos)

Source: Antigua Chronicle After months of intense preparation for the 2017 U20 Male Leeward Islands Basketball Association (LIBA) Tournament, the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) is pleased to announce the final squad due to participate in the upcoming competition. Selected were Ahmani Browne, Alexis Jackson, Danny Perez, De-lornje Jules, Ezekiel Francois, Javon…

Cabinet reduces processing fees for CIP

Source: Antigua Observer   The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) said the processing fees across all the investment options for the programme have been reduced. At the same time, she has dismissed reports from the opposition and regional media sites which are saying the investment amounts…

Public spat over young fire victim’s care

Source: Antigua Observer Eddy Prince, the father of the baby who was burnt in a deadly house fire in 2016, is defending his earlier appeal for financial support, despite opposition from the child’s maternal extended family that the child is not in need. Prince’s one-year-old son, David Prince, sustained burns to his hand…

DNA leader calls for fixed election date

Source: Antigua Observer Leader of the country’s newest political party, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has asserted that general elections in Antigua & Barbuda should come at fixed intervals. Joanne Massiah, who also serves as the member of parliament for All Saints East and St Luke, made the statement as she referred to…

Police say victims of cyberbullying suffer in silence

Source: Antigua Observer Hundreds of adults and teens continue to suffer in silence due to the actions of others who post false and offensive material about them on the Internet. Corporal Owen Rigby, Cyber Forensic Investigator with the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (RPFAB) said the incidents of cyberbullying in the…

‘Child rape up during summer’, police say

Source: Antigua Observer The police said that they are seeing a spike in the number of statutory rape cases, especially during the summer months. “One of the things I have noticed as an investigator, is that summer vacation is when we tend to see a peak in children below the age of consent,…

EDITORIAL: One love

Source: Antigua Observer Recently, we wrote of the creep of xenophobia into our bit of paradise. We noted that it reflected a trend that is occurring world-wide and that it was a departure from our proud history of being at the forefront of Caribbean integration and unity, as well as, being a melting…

Press Release: FLIGHTS DISRUPTIONS DUE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

Source: Antigua Observer JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, August 17, 2017 – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey that several destinations will be affected. Due to several airport closures and late opening times the following flights have been cancelled for Friday18th August, 2017: LI 773 from Antigua to Barbados LI…

FLIGHTS DISRUPTIONS DUE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

Source: Antigua Observer ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, August 17, 2017 – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the impending passage of Tropical Storm Harvey that several destinations will be affected. In the interest of passenger safety and to ensure our aircraft are positioned at operational airports, several flights have been retimed and/or…

PM rejects opposition call for fixed elections date

Source: Antigua Observer There will be no change to the Constitution of Antigua & Barbuda to allow for a fixed date for general elections if it is not a demand of the people. That’s what Prime Minister Gaston Browne had to say when asked to respond to the call by opposition MP Joanne…

How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

Source: Antigua Observer Nearly four years after President Bashar al-Assad’s government promised to get rid of its stockpile of chemical weapons, gas attacks are still commonplace. What went wrong? THE HAGUE – In the spring of 2015 a Syrian major general escorted a small team of chemical weapons inspectors to a warehouse outside…

Laws coming for architectural community

Source: Antigua Observer Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda, is assuring the architectural community that the laws and the professional board for which they have been clamouring will soon come into effect. Benjamin said the architects’ concerns have come to his attention. He admitted that nothing significant had been done…

Baby burnt in deadly fire needs corrective surgery

Source: Antigua Observer Little David Emmanuel Adrian Prince, who lost his mother, nurse Gayann Williams, and his older brother Jayden Prince in a deadly house fire in 2016, now needs the assistance of the public to fund corrective surgery to his hand. The toddler suffered burns to his hands and face when the…

Voter registration to return to constituencies

Source: Antigua Observer Residents who are awaiting their voter’s IDs can rest easy knowing the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) will be re-opening registration stations in 17 constituencies. Human Resource and Training Officer of AABEC, Ian Hughes, explained that the registration which has been centralised at its Factory Road location for the…

Peak hurricane season starts

Source: Antigua Observer The peak period of the hurricane season started this week and residents are being urged to increase their vigilance and step up their disaster preparedness to minimise the effects on their lives, property and in the cases of farmers, their livelihood. Weather forecaster Bernell Simon told OBSERVER media yesterday, that…

Tallawahs keep Stars winless with breathless chase

Source: Antigua Observer GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs romped to their third straight win of their Caribbean Premier League campaign when they came from behind to beat the luckless St Lucia Stars in an entertaining contest here Tuesday night. Chasing a competitive 174 at the Darren Sammy Cricket…

Stewart fires Windwards as Guyana, T&T also win easily

Source: Antigua Observer BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Batsman Emmanuel Stewart returned from West Indies Under-19 duty to immediately stamp his authority, as he steered Windward Islands to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Jamaica in the opening round of the Regional Under-19 one-day championship in St Kitts on Tuesday. The 17-year-old Grenadian, who…

Legend Garner backs Windies to spring surprise

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – Team manager, Joel Garner, has warned pundits to write off West Indies “at their own peril” as the Caribbean side gears up for the opening Test of the three-match series against England starting Today. West Indies have not won a Test in England in 17 years and…

Benna Youths Complete Clean Sweep Of CONCACAF Championships

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua & Barbuda under-15 football team completed a clean sweep of Division III in the CONCACAF Boys Championships on Wednesday when they clinched a 1-0 victory over Dominica at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The lone strike came from Connor Hadeed as the young Benna Boys racked up…

Commitment is key

Source: Antigua Observer Shawna-Kaye Lester is a Professional University Admission Consultant and the owner of Memorable Essay online consulting agency. “I help college, job, and graduate school applicants stand out and be chosen for their dream opportunity. You can have a very qualified applicant who is passionate about what they do but the…

CARIBBEAN-DEVELOPMENT-OECS to highlight outstanding professionals

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 16, CMC – The St. Lucia-based organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) says it has launched an initiative aimed at featuring the accomplishments of consummate professionals from the sub-region making strides within the Caribbean and in the Diaspora. “Each success story of one son or daughter…

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation. Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the U.S. TV program “The Late Show” on Tuesday. Asked by host Stephen Colbert whether he would return…

Be careful of filter and sunglasses for solar eclipse

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda will be among various countries around the world, that is expected to experience a partial to total solar eclipse on August 21. Many residents are gearing up to view the celestial phenomenon using sunshades and solar filter glasses, however, Dr Jillia Bird, a local optometrist is cautioning…

Foul play not suspected in death of Perry Bay man

Source: Antigua Observer Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of Perry Bay resident, Henderson ‘Bongoniah’ Philip, whose decomposing body was found in his home on Sunday. However, lawmen said that they are awaiting the results of a post-mortem to determine if someone may have caused harm to the 62-…

Public debate wages on nationality of immigration officers

Source: Antigua Observer Should the staff of this country’s Immigration Department be exclusively of Antiguan and Barbudan nationality? And if it is required that one be a citizen, how long should one have obtained such citizenship and be residing in the state? This conversation arose after a letter dated July 31, 2017, was…

In black and white!

Source: Antigua Observer The recent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, have once again thrust the question of race relations in America in the spotlight. This is America’s recurring nightmare! “America’s curse,” as Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, so bitterly puts it! It is manifestly a problem that will not soon go…

PM chides Chekwe in ‘leaked’ letter

Source: Antigua Observer A leaked official letter from Prime Minister Gaston Browne to former Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) CEO Chisanga Chekwe dated March 26, 2017 has revealed the extent of a private rebuke. Browne, in his letter, writes in response to a March 17, 2017 letter from Chekwe who had at the…

Concerned Citizen Gives to MSJMC

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Mount St John’s Medical Centre was once again the scene of attention as the country’s sole hospital got another boost on Monday with the handing over of a major piece of equipment by a concerned citizen. During a short ceremony in the board room at Mount St John’s, a…

Police Probe Discovery of Another Dead Body at Perry Bay

Source: Antigua Chronicle Investigations are already on the way into the discovery of the body of 62yr-old Henson Phillip aka “Bongoniah” of Perry Bay, who was found dead at his home around 6pm on Sunday. A friend of the deceased made the discovery and called 911. Police arrived on the scene and found…

Child injured after falling from stadium window

Source: Antigua Observer A girl, believed to be about six years old, was rushed to hospital around 5:45 this afternoon after she fell from a window on the second floor of the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. A witness told OBSERVER media the girl and another male child were playing at the stadium…

Car flips near Antigua State College

Source: Antigua Observer A motor vehicle, A5700, flipped near the entrance of the Antigua State College (ASC) this afternoon after the driver allegedly lost control. A video of aftermath of the accident is circulating on social media and at least one person who claims to be a witness, says the driver was speeding.…

Undeterred, U.S. cities ramp up removal of Confederate statues

Source: Antigua Observer (Reuters) – Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces. The mayors of Baltimore and Lexington, Kentucky, said they would push ahead…

Festival commission accused of injustice

Source: Antigua Observer The Festivals Commission is being accused of injustice for the way in which it responded to the dispute between Lena “Queen Ivena” Phillip and Prime Minister Gaston Browne that led to the calypsonian not participating in the semi finals of the 2017 Calypso Monarch competition. Trevor “King Zacari” King, reigning…

Police investigating ‘lewd’ carnival video

Source: Antigua Observer Police officials have confirmed that they have launched an investigation into a viral social media video that captured two j’overt morning revelers engaging in a lewd act. A senior police officer told OBSERVER media that, “I was very disgusted. Even if this has been happening for years, technology has increased…

PAAWS chairman found hanging

Source: Antigua Observer The suspected suicide of Simon Pettet, the chairman of the non-profit animal shelter, PAAWS, left members of the Falmouth community reeling yesterday after his body was found at his home. The police said that the 60-year old man’s wife made the gruesome discovery at about 5:30 AM yesterday when she…

Abraham: VI Plus Invasion brought out the big guns

Source: Antigua Observer One organizer for the VI Plus Invasion drag racing meet, Lisa Abraham, has credited the event with bringing a number of racers and car owners back to the track following prolonged hiatuses. Speaking on the event which happened at the North Sound Raceway over the weekend, Abraham said a number…

Young Benna Boys Impress In CONCACAF Opener

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda impressed in their first outing of the CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championships being held in Florida when they inflicted a 5-0 trouncing on Grenada on Sunday night. Playing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida the young Benna Boys had goals from Dillan Hadeed, Antyon Henry, Shaquan Telemaque,…

Editorial: Real people and real repercussions

Source: Antigua Observer We are going to delve into the cold, dark, frightening waters of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), again.  Frankly, we are growing weary of this topic because it just seems to be never-ending and lacking progress … at least in a positive direction. The most recent news to surface…

Ronaldo suspended for five games

Source: Antigua Observer Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday. He was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back…

Public Eye Care Program Gains Momentum

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Public Sector Eye Care Program continues to pick up steam as the initiative made its third stop last week at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology. The event, which is a collaborative effort between the Government of the twin island state and the Caribbean Council…

BARBADOS-EARTHQUAKE-Barbados rattled by minor earthquake

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 rattled Barbados early Monday, but there were no reports of any injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that…

Venezuela’s Maduro seeks to capitalize on Trump’s military threat

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS (Reuters) – While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Latin America tamping down concern over his boss’s threat of possible military action in Venezuela, the country’s leader Nicolas Maduro sought to capitalize on local outrage by holding an “anti-imperialist” protest on Monday. The march started with a late…

Under pressure, Trump calls neo-Nazis and KKK criminals

Source: Antigua Observer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs on Monday, bowing to mounting political pressure after initially saying many sides were to blame after a white-nationalist rally turned deadly in Virginia. Trump had been assailed by Republicans and Democrats…

Body found hanging in Falmouth

Source: Antigua Observer A Falmouth man was found hanging in his home this morning. The police said the Caucasian male, who is said to be 60, was discovered dead at the property he shared with his wife. Police confirmed that the deceased, who had been living Antigua for many years, was found before…

Release of 2017 CXC Results

Source: Antigua Observer According to the CXC website, candidates can access their results online on Friday August 18th. Attached is a post from August 9th made available on the council’s website. The Council wishes to express its sincerest gratitude to all Chief Examiners, Examining Committees, markers, CXC staff, clericals and all who participated…

Is the business class taking over Caribbean politics?

Source: Antigua Observer Leaders with business expertise, rather than political experience are becoming more accepted as heads of government, according to Dr Tennyson Joseph, Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill. The lecture entitled “Any Cook Can Govern: Plato, Donald…

Spokesmen clash over revoked honours

Source: Antigua Observer Representatives of three political parties in Antigua & Barbuda engaged in fingerpointing yesterday on the Big Issues programme concerning the revocation of national awards which were previously conferred on Anthony Bailey and other members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. The Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max”…

Three crowns in one week for King Zacari

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda’s 2017 Calypso Monarch has won another crown in Anguilla after he dethroned last year’s Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch, Anguillan calypsonian Roxy following his two wins last Sunday in Carnival City. Trevor “King Zacari” King emerged winner of the 21st edition of the Leeward Islands Calypso Competition on…

Chekwe warns against ‘temper tantrums’

Source: Antigua Observer Former Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) CEO Chisanga Puta-Chekwe has warned against “juvenile temper tantrums” and backed calls for a hold on the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). Chekwe was asked about Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s chiding of him in parliament and suggestions that he had painted a bad picture…

Explosive Narine helps TKR sink Tridents

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Man-of-the-Match Sunil Narine thrilled in his new role as opener with a career-best half-century as Trinbago Knight Riders stayed top of the Caribbean Premier League standings with a two-wicket victory over arch-rivals Barbados Tridents here late Saturday night. Asked to chase 153 at Queen’s…

Shadab among Pakistan stars set to depart T20 league

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON, CMC – Leaders Trinbago Knight Riders are one of several Caribbean Premier League franchises set to be hurt by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s sudden recall of several of its players from the tournament. In a statement, the PCB announced that its centrally contracted [players] would be required back in…

Carnival Monday and Tuesday Results

Source: Antigua Observer Senior Carnival – Individual Competition 2nd Runner-Up: Stacey Russel John Bull Stacey and Dem 1st Runner-Up: Kelvin Mongoose Russel Smurfs Mongoose Airbrushing Studio Winner & 2017 Senior Carnival Individual: Calvin Top Cat Pilgrim Mermaid Top Cat and Crew   Senior Carnival – Queen of the Band Competition 2nd Runner-Up: Charity…

Barbuda Council no closer to naming a senator

Source: Antigua Observer The Barbuda Council is no closer to a compromise on appointing a Senator than it was two months ago. In June, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, ABLP and the Barbuda Peoples Movement, BPM could not agree on who to appoint. The BPM asked the ABLP led council to sit…

Wickham says knighthoods affair won’t hurt ABLP

Source: Antigua Observer Political analyst Peter Wickham says the government should learn from its experience with Anthony Bailey and be more discerning with the granting of honours. But Wickham told OBSERVER media this morning that there is little chance the knighthoods saga will steal any votes from the Antigua and Barbuda Labour party…

Two U.S. service members killed, five injured in northern Iraq

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured during combat operations in northern Iraq on Sunday, the military said, adding that initial reports indicated the incident was not due to enemy contact. In a statement the military said the incident was under investigation. The service members…

Trump’s threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political lifeline for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy. President Nicolas Maduro has continued the free-spending socialist “revolution”…

Racing cars burst into flames on track

Source: Antigua Observer Two racing cars burst into flames while racing at the North Sound International Race Way shortly after 8 pm today. The drivers, Geno Browne and Paul Rippon, both escaped the burning vehicles without serious injuries. It is unclear what caused the incident which reportedly resulted in the cars colliding, but…

Cars collide on racing track, drivers escape unscathed

Source: Antigua Observer CORRECTED AND UPDATED Car racer Geno Browne, who was one of two drivers in a crash at the North Sound International Race Way last night, says none of the two vehicles burst into flames during the race. Browne says he and another driver, Paul Rippon, were racing and just as…

More than 100 Haitian migrants “rescued” at sea

Source: Antigua Observer MIAMI, Aug 12, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says it has rescued 151 Haitian migrants and handed them over to the Royal Bahamian Defense Force on Friday. “The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction cases in which Coast Guard aircrews and cutter crews located and rescued…

National Cultural Policy project created

Source: Antigua Observer Lisa Callender of Protrade Consultancy, a firm in Jamaica, has been appointed to head the newly created National Cultural Policy project. Minister with Responsibility for Culture, Honourable Chet Greene, made the declaration at a press conference at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday. According to Minister Greene, the project is…

Minister of Culture and Festivals: They will be paid

Source: Antigua Observer Minister of Culture and Festivals, E P Chet Greene, is assuring this year’s Caribana competitors that they will receive outstanding monies.  Minister Greene, when pressed by journalists at a news conference yesterday at the Sir Vivian Richards Grounds, said that the Ministry will continue to honour its commitment to the…

Labour Minister says industry centred work permits are not practical

Source: Antigua Observer The country’s Labour Minister said the opposition United Progressive Party’s (UPP) proposal for industry centred work permits for Caricom nationals is an “interesting proposition but is not at all practical”. Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the introduction of the structure would not be possible in a small economy like Antigua…

CMO says burn unit not off the table

Source: Antigua Observer Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rhonda Sealy-Thomas said discussions are continuing to establish a burn unit in Antigua & Barbuda. Dr Sealy-Thomas said setting up a burn unit at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre is not off the table, but there are a lot of preparations that will have to…

Green Bay man sentenced

Source: Antigua Observer Darren Roberts, also known as “Danger” of Buckleys Street Green Bay, was convicted and sentenced to five and a half years at Her Majesty’s Prison on multiple firearms, ammunition and drug related charges in the St John’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh and pleaded…

 Green light for drag racing this weekend

Source: Antigua Observer Drag racing featuring cars from across the Caribbean will be on display this weekend at the North Sound International Raceway. Lisa Abraham, former President of the Antigua & Barbuda Drag Racing Association, told OBSERVER media yesterday that everything is in place for a thrilling show. “All of the cars are…

 Bronze for Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda secured the bronze medal in the men’s Group E of the NORCECA Zone of the FIVB World Championships qualification round for teams in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA). Antigua & Barbuda won their match against St Kitts & Nevis 3-2 (24-26, 25-27, 25-20, 25-19, 15-9) St…

EDITORIAL:  In pursuit of happiness

Source: Antigua Observer Sometimes, we are shocked by the thoughtlessness of people.  It is amazing that some persons in our society could sink so low as to inflict harm on the more vulnerable or those who seek to selflessly assist persons in need.  This shock turns into anger, especially when we hear of…

WANTED Man, Scar, in Custody

Source: Antigua Chronicle Tony Thomas aka “Scar” of Whenner Road, who was wanted by the police in connection with an alleged wounding incident at Ffryes Beach on Sunday, is now in police custody. Thomas was captured in Cashew Hill area around 5:40 pm by officers attached to Bolans and Johnson’s Point Police Stations.…

Police Probe Discovery of a Dead Body in Yepton’s

Source: Antigua Chronicle A probe has been launched by the police into the discovery of the charred remains of an unidentified male body, which was found approximately 1:45 am on Friday in Yepton’s area. The gruesome discovery was made whilst police were on mobile patrol in the area, and came across the burnt…

Press Release: Police Probe Discovery of a Dead Body

Source: Antigua Observer A probe has been launched by the police into the discovery of the charred remains of an unidentified male body, which was found approximately 1:45 am on Friday in Yepton’s area. The gruesome discovery was made whilst police were on mobile patrol in the area, and came across the burnt…

Press Release: Green Bay Man Sentenced to 5 ½ Yrs

Source: Antigua Observer Darren Roberts, aka “Danger” of Buckleys Street Green Bay, was convicted and sentenced to 5 ½ years at Her Majesty’s Prison on multiple firearms, ammunition and drug related charges in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh and pleaded guilty to all the…

GUYSUCO continues to face financial problems

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Aug 11, CMC – The financially-troubled state owned sugar company, GUYSUCO has recorded a GUY$6.3 billion (One Guyana dollar =US$0.004 cents) operating deficit during the first half of this year, according to a mid0year report released by the Ministry of Finance. According to the report, the revised revenue…

India’s military steps up operational readiness on China border

Source: Antigua Observer NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s military has increased operational readiness along the eastern Indian border with China, sources said, as neither side shows any sign of backing off from a face-off in a remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier. Indian and Chinese troops have been embroiled in the seven-week…

Burnt body found in burnt van

Source: Antigua Observer The police today discovered what appears to be the burnt body of a male, in a burnt Noah van . The body and vehicle were found at 1:45 am off a dirt road in the Dry Hill area, according to the police. The body was found upside down behind the…

Workshop highlights the need for innovation policy in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer The need for an innovation policy to stimulate the private sector was among the topics of discussion between stakeholders on Thursday. Under the theme, “Stimulating Private Sector Development and Economic Growth”, The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility hosted the workshop in an effort to start…

UPP Political Leader defends party members

Source: Antigua Observer The candidacy of UPP caretaker for St John’s Rural North, Joan Underwood may be at risk due to her employment commitments, according to political leader, Harold Lovell. The caretaker had recently received an assignment under the auspices of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) which will involve her being off-island for…

Galley Bay GM assures job safety

Source: Antigua Observer Workers at the Galley Bay Resort & Spa, who this week expressed fear about job losses, are being assured they have nothing to worry about. Employees attached to the 98-room all inclusive resort expressed concerns that their jobs were in jeopardy after at least ten of their colleagues were sent…

Carnival has a leadership problem, Parker says

Source: Antigua Observer A number of recommendations have been forthcoming to rectify the various issues that plague the country’s carnival celebrations. Former senator, Malaka Parker, told OBSERVER media yesterday that problems affecting carnival can be traced right back to the hierarchy of government. “Whether it’s the late starts or the mismanagement of shows…

Trump issues stern warning to North Korea and its leader

Source: Antigua Observer BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Thursday, warning Pyongyang against attacking Guam or U.S. allies after it disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory. Trump took specific aim at North Korean…

Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War Two and an untold economic impact worldwide, former U.S. defense officials and experts say. While the United States has maintained an uneasy…

Sandals Releases Statement on Antigua Development

Source: Antigua Chronicle Sandals Resorts International has 22 hotels in eight different territories throughout the Caribbean, and in 35 years of doing business with numerous governments; we have always operated at the highest standards and in the most ethical and transparent manner. As an upstanding and conscientious corporate citizen, we have always sought…

Belmont Lad, 19, Charged with Attempted Murder

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police have charged 19yr-old Leandro “pepe” Payano of Belmont on Wednesday with wounding with intent to murder. He is accused of wounding 20yr-old Kelsi Cain of Bendals a week ago, on Bendals Road. Cain and his girlfriend were walking along Bendals Road around 5pm on August 3rd, when the accused…

Antigua Carnival 2017 Dubbed A ‘Resounding Success’

Source: Antigua Chronicle After twenty weeks of non-stop feting across Antigua and Barbuda, the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival 2017, has certainly left its’ mark on the psyche of all it’s Patrons. For the people of Antigua and Barbuda, the 60th anniversary was not only a period of recognition and…

Young fire victim dies

Source: Antigua Observer The 12 year old boy who was burned  in a house fire in Ottos a week ago has died. Roosevelt Browne of Cashew Hill succumbed to his injuries this morning at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre. The child’s father, Jason Browne, had told OBSERVER Media the boy had sustained…

Press release: Cades Bay Man Charged in Fatal Accident

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged 22yr-old Regino Nicholas of Cades Bay with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving. Nicholas was the driver of the Silver Toyota Corolla motor car A43607 that struck 3yr-old Jadianne Spencer of Bathlodge on Monday 7th August. Jadianne was at the time with her mother Honora Thomas of Bathlodge,…

Press Release: Belmont Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged 19yr-old Leandro “pepe” Payano of Belmont on Wednesday with wounding with intent to murder. He is accused of wounding 20yr-old Kelsi Cain of Bendals a week ago, on Bendals Road. Cain and his girlfriend were walking along Bendals Road around 5pm on August 3rd, when the accused…

Gypsy: Lawsuit against Queen Ivena not good for the PM

Source: Antigua Observer Winston “Gypsy” Peters, Trinidadian calypsonian and politician, said he would not back the prime minister’s defamation suit against calypsonian Lena “Queen Ivena” Phillip nor would he support the approach taken by the Festivals Commission on the matter. “As a calypsonian, that is not something I’m going to sanction at all,”…

Toddler’s mother no longer comatose

Source: Antigua Observer The mother of three-year-old Jadianne Spencer is now conscious and responding well, according to her uncle Inspector Frankie Thomas, who is also the police’s public relations officer. Spencer died on Monday after a car ploughed into her, her mother Honora Thomas, 29,  and an aunt Carol Richards, 29, while they…

Patrons say 60th Carnival Anniversary could have been better

Source: Antigua Observer Carnival 2017 ended on Tuesday after several days of mass participation of citizens, residents and visitors in a variety of parties, soca and calypso competitions as well as mas revelry by costume and t–shirt bands through the streets of the nation’s capital. However, more patrons expressed disappointment to OBSERVER media…

Helping Prisoners reintegrate into society

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Halfway House in association with the Zadok Ministries International Macedonia is making great strides in helping male prisoners find their way back into society as productive residents. That’s according to Garvin Gill who has been a resident at the Halfway House for the past two months.…

Gypsy says real calypso takes centre stage in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer Winston “Gypsy” Peters, Trinidadian politician and calypsonian, declared that despite the decrease in ‘real calypso’ singers in the region, Antigua continues to be one of the few places where real calypso takes centre stage. Speaking with OBSERVER media at the calypso monarch competition Sunday night, Gypsy expressed his views on…

Editorial: Looking back to look forward for Carnival

Source: Antigua Observer Every year, we give our recap of Carnival and every year, it sounds pretty much the same.  This year, we are going to take a different approach because there have been some improvements in certain areas and they need highlighting.  At the same time, there was more of the same…

Festivals Commission Commences Review of 2017 Carnival

Source: Antigua Observer  ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 9th August, 2017……….The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission will commence review of the 2017 Carnival festivities when it holds a series of meetings with Sub-Committee Chairpersons and stakeholders from this weekend. Chairman of the Commission, Maurice Merchant said that the review is necessary in order…

New Festivals Commission Chairman wanted

Source: Antigua Observer Maurice Merchant is no longer the Chairman of the Festivals Commission, with immediate effect, today. Minister of Festivals and Culture, E.P Chet Greene confirmed the development this morning on OBSERVER AM. “Effectively today, we are on the hunt for a new chairman. Maurice was due to leave last year but…

All Saints driver dies in car crash

Source: Antigua Observer The life of Tyrell Jacobs was cut short in the wee hours of Monday when the 31-year-old driver smashed his car into a utility pole on All Saints Road. Jacobs of Swetes village was the driver of the Honda Civic car, A 20602 when he lost control the vehicle and…

Police wanted bulletin for Whenner Road Man

Source: Antigua Observer The police have issued a wanted bulletin for the immediate arrest of Tony Thomas aka ”Scar” of Whenner Road. He is wanted in connection with a wounding incident which occurred at Ffryes Beach on Sunday. Thomas allegedly attacked a woman known to OBSERVER media only as Laurel, injuring her in…

West Indies in Weather-hit Draw with Kent

Source: Antigua Observer The West Indies drew their tour match with Kent as weather impacted on their hopes of more batting practice on the final day in Canterbury. Play began 80 minutes late after rain, with the tourists 66 runs behind and they lost Kraigg Brathwaite (8) to Charlie Hartley’s fourth ball. Kieran…

Sunshine Girls opt out of Caribbean showpiece over ranking concerns

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Jamaica have withdrawn from the Senior Caribbean Netball Championships scheduled for St Lucia later this month, amidst concerns their participation will hurt their international ranking. The August 19-26 showpiece has been classified as a ranking tournament for the first time and Netball Jamaica said based on…

CP takes the Road March Crown

Source: Antigua Observer The ‘Celebration of Greatness’ of the 60th Anniversary of Antigua & Barbuda’s Carnival came to a close yesterday after 10 days of revelry with the announcement that Claudette “CP” Peters won the Road March title for 57 plays of her song ‘Out Deh’ during the Monday Parade. Upon hearing the announcement CP…

Press Release: WOUNDING SUSPECT WANTED BY POLICE

Source: Antigua Observer The Police have issued a ‘Wanted Bulletin’ for the immediate arrest of Tony Thomas aka “Scar” of Whenner Road. He is wanted in connection with an alleged wounding incident at Ffryes Beach on Sunday August 6 th 2017. The police are appealing for him to immediately surrender himself at any police station, accompanied by…

Police release identity of toddler killed in afternoon accident

Source: Antigua Observer The two-year-old who was killed in a car accident in Johnson’s Point Monday afternoon has been identified as Jadiana Spencer. Her mother, Honora Thomas, 29, is also hospitalised with injuries since she too was knocked down in the accident. Thomas is reported by police to have suffered a broken shoulder,…

Child killed in road accident at Johnson’s Point

Source: Antigua Observer A two year old girl was struck down and killed in Johnson’s Point this afternoon as she and relatives were walking in the area around 3:50 pm. The police say the child succumbed to serious injuries to the upper body and appeared to have had internal bleeding. The two women…

BOLT BEATEN!

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON, Aug 5, CMC – Sprint superstar Usain Bolt failed in his bid to win the final race of his decorated career when he was beaten by American nemesis Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres final at the IAAF World Championships here Saturday. The Jamaican clocked a season-best 9.95 seconds…

Commentary: Amid White House chaos, a rise of the generals

Source: Antigua Observer When White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney was asked why President Donald Trump had appointed former Marine officer John Kelly as chief of staff, Mulvaney had a simple explanation. “You know that he enjoys working with generals,” he said. Within this rambunctious, idiosyncratic presidency, a small but growing group of…

Passenger in deadly car crash identified, still critical

Source: Antigua Observer The third man who was involved in the car accident which claimed Tyrell Jacobs’ life today, has now been identified. The police say he is 20-year-old Shakeem Hughes of Swetes and he remains in critical condition at Mount St John’s Medical Centre. The Head of the Traffic Department Superintendent Leonard…

One dead, another critically injured in car crash

Source: Antigua Observer A young man of Swetes died in the wee hours of today after the Honda Civic car he was driving crashed into a utility pole on All Saints Road in the vicinity of Lics business place. Superintendent of Police Leonard Cabral confirmed that the deceased has been identified as Tyrell…

King Zacari wins Calypso Monarch, dethrones daughter

Source: Antigua Observer King Zacari was crowned Calypso Monarch in the wee hours of today (Monday), dethroning his daughter Queen Thalia after performing two solid rounds at the Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch Competition. He is no stranger to winning, having copped several crowns in the past. Moments after he hugged his daughter and…

Woman attacked at Ffryes Beach

Source: Antigua Observer A woman has been rushed to the hospital with a head injury after being attacked at Ffryes Beach. Observer Media has been reliably told that the incident occurred around 10.45 this morning. We have also been told that her first name is Laurel and she cleans the public bathrooms at…

2017 Party Monarch winners exchange crowns

Source: Antigua Observer Bachannal Saturday winners Tian Winter and Ricardo Drue have swapped crowns in this year’s FLOW Party Monarch competition with the Tian taking the Groovy title and Ricardo the Jumpy when compared to last year’s show. ID Nation frontman Ricardo Drue told OBSERVER media that what set his performance apart from…

Do you prefer Jnr Carnival on a weekday or a weekend?

Source: Antigua Observer Should junior carnival be held on a weekdays or weekend? This question came to mind after this year’s exercise ended at 3 am on Friday. It seems impossible to complete the four-segment event in a reasonable time. Junior Carnival involves a parade of troupes from the various schools and groups,…

2017 Party Monarch Results

Source: Antigua Observer 2017 Groovy Results 2nd Runner up: Menace 1st Runner up: Claudette “CP” Peters Winner: Tian Winter   2017 Jumpy Results 2nd Runner up: Tian Winter 1st Runner up: Menace Winner: Ricardo Drue Veterans Award: Byke Peoples Choice: Ricardo Drue Link: 2017 Party Monarch Results

Fire Chief pleads, ‘don’t leave children alone’

Source: Antigua Observer The Acting Fire Chief is warning parents and guardians against leaving their children unsupervised at home. Joel Lewis said while the public does not often consider the possibility, children can easily cause fires using appliances, a stove, matches or by simply being absent minded. The Fire Chief was speaking to OBSERVER…

Police hunt for suspects in latest killing

Source: Antigua Observer The Police are appealing to the public for information leading to the arrest and charge of those responsible for killing Darkwood resident William “Bill” Stewart. According to Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Frankie Thomas, investigations into the shooting are still ongoing. Yesterday the police reported that they had recovered…

Barbuda Council member demands wages be paid

Source: Antigua Observer A member of the Barbuda Council is renewing his party’s call for the body to clear a two week backlog in unpaid wages. Council member Kendra Beazer says wages remain two weeks in arrears and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party-led council must make good on its obligations. Beazer, a member…

2017 ACB Panorama Results

Source: Antigua Observer The results for the Antigua Commercial Bank Panorama are: Winner: Flow Hells Gate Steel Orchestra “Jumby” By King Obstinate 1st Runner Up: Halcyon Steel Orchestra “Miserable” By Menace 2nd Runner Up: WIOC Gemonites Steel Orchestra “Expose” By Tizzy   Link: 2017 ACB Panorama Results

Tropical cyclone not a threat for carnival

Source: Antigua Observer An area of low pressure which has developed off the African coast poses an 80 per cent chance of becoming a tropical depression, but it is forecast to pass north of the Leeward islands in the next few days. Forecaster at the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service, Cecil Matthew, told…

Lawyer explains the Tobacco Control Bill

Source: Antigua Observer The Tobacco Control Bill does not ban smoking or the sale of tobacco products but simply regulates where people smoke and where tobacco products can be sold. Regional public health lawyer, Kesaundra Alves, made the clarification on OBSERVER AM today. She also stressed that the Tobacco Control Bill bans tobacco…

WIOC STRIKE ENDS

Source: Antigua Observer Workers of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) have returned to work. Minister of Public Safety and Labour, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin told OBSERVER media that outstanding matters were pleasingly resolved and staff members have returned to work today, after a successful meeting with stakeholders of the company following strike actions by workers…

New ‘Game of Thrones’ episode leaks online through HBO partner

Source: Antigua Observer (Reuters) – The unaired fourth episode of the new season of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” has been leaked online, the premium channel’s distribution partner Star India said on Friday. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end…

PAHO dismisses fear Tobacco Bill could cause losses

Source: Antigua Observer A consultant with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is telling the government of Antigua & Barbuda that it should not worry about suggestions that the Tobacco Control Act will cause the country to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue. In response to those fears, the PAHO’s Consultant Kesaundra…

Ginger’s Fast Food lost to fire

Source: Antigua Observer A struggling businessman lost what is said to be his only means of income. Ginger’s Fast Food went up in flames in the wee hours of Thursday, leaving Eric “Ginger” Charles’ livelihood in limbo. Christine Barnes, the mother of Charles’ children, told OBSERVER media that the 65-year-old man operated the…

Ottos home lost, teen seriously burnt

Source: Antigua Observer Fear turned to relief for family and residents in the Ottos area yesterday morning when a teenage boy, whom they feared had perished in a house fire, came staggering out of the inferno. Shrill screams and cries of “Jesus”, “Hallelujah”, and “Glory, oh give God thanks” were chanted as the…

Festivals Commission pays up 400k

Source: Antigua Observer The Festivals Commission dug deep into its coffers on Thursday, and handed over $400,000 to the four companies demanding payment for services rendered for carnivals, past and present. The money was paid by cheque after Stonewall Reloaded International, Lava International, Raeburn Generator Services, and Theatrical Lighting threatened to dismantle the…

Six fatherless, dead man’s girlfriend recounts home invasion

Source: Antigua Observer Six children were left fatherless when gunmen tied 43-year-old Williams “Bill” Stewart’s hands behind his back and shot him to death in his Darkwood, Orange Valley home on Wednesday night. Stewart’s live-in girlfriend, who escaped unharmed along with the couple’s two-year-old daughter, recounted what occurred when she saw at least…

Antigua to Host Leeward Islands U19 Basketball Tournament

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda will host the 2017 Leeward Islands Basketball Association U19 tournament slated to begin on August 23 at the JSC Sports Complex. Coach Mahijah Davis spoke to OBSERVER media yesterday on the Good Morning Jojo sports programme about the preparation of the Antigua and Barbuda team. “Well we…

Editorial: Can we take the mask out of masquerade?

Source: Antigua Observer We are the last group of people to lobby for the restriction of people’s freedoms. We believe that people must be free to express themselves and to enjoy the liberties and privileges that are afforded us under our Constitution. Having said that, freedom should be exercised with common sense and…

Wladimir Klitschko retires

Source: Antigua Observer Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing – ruling out a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current champion Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April. Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight…

Australia pay row: Deal agreed ‘in principle’ to resolve pay dispute

Source: Antigua Observer A deal has been agreed “in principle” by Australia’s players to resolve a long-running pay dispute that could have threatened this winter’s Ashes series against England. Cricket Australia says a deal was struck with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) on Thursday. The Test tour of Bangladesh starting this month is now expected…

Roston Chase makes half-century in tour match draw

Source: Antigua Observer West Indies drew their rain-affected tour match against Essex as they began preparations for their Test series against England. Fast bowler Kemar Roach took 5-43 as Essex declared midway through the final day on 185-9. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (3) fell cheaply and a first-ball duck for Kyle Hope left the…

The Junior Carnival Parade results delayed

Source: Antigua Observer Bands, cheerleaders, prince and princesses will have to wait until Tuesday August 8 to find out the winners of this year’s Junior Carnival Parade.   The announcement was made moments ago by the MC after trophies had already been displayed on stage.   There was no explanation for the change.…

BERMUDA-ENTERTAINMENT-Trinidadian soca star hurt in stage fall

Source: Antigua Observer   HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug 3, CMC – Trinidadian soca star Destra Garcia has reportedly broken an ankle after falling from a stage during her performance at a concert here late Wednesday. destra-garciaAccording to an eyewitness, the 38-year-old performer slipped between the stage and a speaker during the Summer Splash concert…

In blustery call, Trump pressured Mexico on border wall payment

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Mexican president to stop voicing opposition in public to his plan to have Mexico pay for a border wall, according to transcripts of phone calls published on Thursday that gave an insight into Trump’s attempts to influence foreign leaders in his…

Eyeing Russia, U.S. military shifts toward more global war games

Source: Antigua Observer STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – The U.S. military is moving toward more global exercises to better prepare for a more assertive Russia and other worldwide threats, a senior officer said in an interview with Reuters. Air Force Brigadier General John Healy, who directs exercises for U.S. forces in Europe, said officials…

Gov’t won’t give deadline for new school to get accredited

Source: Antigua Observer The government of Antigua & Barbuda has avoided giving a  deadline by which it expects the Atlantic University School of Medicine (AUSM) to get accredited by the regional accreditation authority. The absence of that accreditation was the reason the medical school felt it necessary to leave St Lucia and move…

UPP must share the blame for carnival debts

Source: Antigua Observer The leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and Member of Parliament for All Saints East & St Luke Joanne Massiah has said that successive administrations are to blame for the threat that recently loomed over the carnival celebrations. A group of companies had threatened to withhold services if they…

WIOC workers on ‘solidarity’ strike

Source: Antigua Observer Line staff at the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) are on strike.  The strike began at around 8 am  this morning, with the Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU) telling workers already on the job to go back home. AT&LU Industrial Relations Officer Ralph Potter said the industrial action is…

Child injured in mid morning fire

Source: Antigua Observer A child, said to be about 13 years old, was rushed to hospital around 9:30 this morning after he sustained burns to the upper and lower body. His injuries are described as “very” serious and he was having difficulty breathing when he staggered out of the house. An eyewitness said…

Missing Person Found

Source: Antigua Observer UPDATED: The Missing woman has been found. The relatives of 77-year- old Ursula Joseph is appealing to the public to help find her. The elderly woman was last seen today in the vicinity of Robinson Gas Station in Ottos. Kim Joseph says her aunt was wearing a green polo shirt,…

Press Release: Police Probe Darkwood Homicide

Source: Antigua Observer William Stuart, aka “Bill” of Darkwood, Orange Valley Area, became the country’s most recent homicide victim, after police responding to a 911 Emergency call found him dead at his home around 7:50 pm on Wednesday. He was found lying in a pool of blood with his hands tied behind his…

‘Funeral’ gives birth to new ECCB website

Source: Antigua Observer “There are some things in our family that need a facelift, others an overhaul and still others, a funeral. Our current website needs a funeral.” That was the declaration made by Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Timothy Antoine, on assuming the office last February, and was the…

Sex crimes against women and girls are underreported, experts agree

Source: Antigua Observer Sexual violence against women and girls is an epidemic, said Koren Norton, a well-known family counsellor. Referring to police reports that show more than 200 cases of rape, incest, unlawful sexual intercourse, serious indecency and unlawful carnal knowledge were reported between 2001 and 2016, Norton said these crimes are underreported.…

Take fake guns and police gear out of Carnival

Source: Antigua Observer The Commissioner of Police has added his voice to those residents who have called for legislation to be passed that would ban the use of imitation law enforcement clothing and equipment from Carnival costumes. Wendel Robinson’s comment followed concerns raised in some quarters after Insane Carnival Mas’ troupe’s presentation of…

Companies threaten legal action against Festivals Commission

Source: Antigua Observer The Festivals Commission is facing a threat of legal action from two companies for non-payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to them for services provided for carnival spanning over several years. The companies behind the new threat are The Source Multimedia and Wadadli Event Services. The matter came…

Man shot dead at Darkwood by masked gunmen

Source: Antigua Observer Masked gunmen have shot dead Darkwood resident William Stewart.  Police Inspector Frankie Thomas has confirmed that around 7:50 pm on Wednesday evening, the 43-year-old man was at his home in the Darkwood, Orange Valley area when several masked gunmen, possibly four, entered his home. The invaders reportedly bound Stewart and…

TRINIDAD-ENERGY-Hydrocarbon release causes evacuation

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 2, CMC – Atlantic LNG Wednesday confirmed that there had been a “hydrocarbon release” from its Point Fortin facility, south west of here that prompted the evacuation of its staff. But it said that the matter had been brought under control as soon as possible”.…

U.S. Governors urge Trump to make health insurance payments

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic and Republican U.S. governors on Wednesday urged the Trump administration, as well as Congress, to continue funding payments to health insurance companies that make Obamacare plans affordable, calling it critical to stabilizing the insurance marketplace. In a statement, governors joined insurers pressuring Republican President Donald Trump…

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but slams it as ‘flawed’

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday but he slammed the legislation as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, saying he could make “far better deals” with governments than Congress. After signing a bill that Congress had approved overwhelmingly…

Mr and Miss Teenage 2017 vow to target peer pressure

Source: Antigua Observer Mr and Miss Teenage 2017 have committed to tackling the issue of peer pressure during their reign. At the close of the competition, it was Amar Singh of Antigua Grammar School (AGS) and Charity Henry of All Saints Secondary School (ASSS) who were crowned Monday night’s winners. Singh said he…

Owner appeals for assistance to locate stolen vehicle

Source: Antigua Observer An Ottos woman is seeking the public’s assistance to find her vehicle that was stolen from the parking lot close to the Government Printery some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning. According to the owner of the vehicle, Bridget Alexander, who is a vendor at Carnival City (Antigua Recreation…

Round-the-clock hotline to be set up at MSJMC

Source: Antigua Observer A 24-hour hotline for public complaints is just one of a number of measures that health officials are planning to put in place to ensure more efficient service in the health care delivery system at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC). This is in the wake of a nurse, Josette…

New CEO says it’s an honour to lead LIAT

Source: Antigua Observer Within hours of the confirmation of her appointment as the first female to become the Chief Executive Officer of LIAT (1974), Julie Reifer-Jones said it is an “honour” while she is very “conscious of the challenges that are involved”. Reifer-Jones said that having acted in the post following the resignation…

Police probe incest and rape

Source: Antigua Observer The police are investigating two recent cases of alleged sexual offences, one of which is a report of incest involving a father and his 14-year-old daughter. This incident comes just over a week after a police officer was accused of the same crime against his 11- year-old daughter. According to…

Big Month For Tennis

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) get ready for what is set to be a busy month for it’s junior members. Dianne Hillhouse, public relations officer of the association, said there are several upcoming events in the month of August. “This month is generally one of the most active…

Editorial: Lewd behaviour in Carnival?

Source: Antigua Observer The rampant lewd behaviour in Carnival has caught the eyes of more than a few observers.  Not that lewd behaviour and Carnival are strangers to one another but more because lewd behaviour is on a trend to becoming Carnival.  Antigua & Barbuda is not unique in this trend. Just about…

Barbados win third straight but T&T slump again

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Hosts Barbados remained unbeaten but reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago slumped to their second loss in three outings, in the third round of the Regional Under-15 Championship on Monday. Playing at the Windward Cricket Club in the southern parish of St Phillip, Barbados trounced Jamaica by…

Victory for Patriots in Calypso Cricket

Source: Antigua Observer The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots took on the Cool & Smooth All Stars at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Monday night in a thrilling T20 match dubbed the calypso cricket match. The Patriots batted first and made one hundred and fifty three runs for six wickets from…

Police investigate another case of alleged incest

Source: Antigua Observer The police are investigating two recent cases of sexual offences reported by girls under the age of consent, which is 16 years. In one incident, a father is being investigated for incest as it is alleged he had sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old daughter. The man was detained and questioned…

‘Harry Potter’ author Rowling apologizes over Trump tweets

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has apologized to the family of a wheelchair-bound boy for tweets in which she accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ignoring his proffered hand at a media event. Rowling branded Trump a “monster of narcissism” after footage of a July 24 news…

Fragile economy stays Putin’s hand in stand-off with U.S.

Source: Antigua Observer MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian leader Vladimir Putin is unlikely to risk an escalating round of tit-for-tat sanctions with Washington because the only measures that would hurt the United States would also endanger Russia’s fragile economic recovery. Russia last week ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consular…

Guest Comment: CALYPSO WILL CALL YOUR NAME!

Source: Antigua Observer After the last clod of earth would have been shovelled onto Calypso as her cold body lies unceremoniously in her final resting place, I can see many heads bowing in shame for not having stood up for Calypso! Calypsonians will be haunted by the voice of Calypso—her blood crying out…

Vehicle stolen outside ARG lastnight

Source: Antigua Observer A woman from Rose Street Ottos is making an appeal for the return of her vehicle which she says was stolen sometime last night. Bridgette Lawrence tells OBSERVER media that her blue Rav 4 registration number A 8198 was stolen from where it was parked near the government printery. Lawrence,…

Broken dreams – post-grad employment woes

Source: Antigua Observer Children, children! (Yes mama) If you go school and study ya lesson ebryting go work out! If that colloquial chant were true, many young men and woman on island would have had more successful employment ventures when they returned home from their studies. The dream is sold to children from…

Car accident in Gunthorpes this morning

Source: Antigua Observer The driver of a Toyota Allion is hospitalised after his vehicle crashed into the concrete columns on Lightfoot mainroad early this morning. At the time of the accident, an eyewitness said, the man was travelling from north to south through the Gunthropes area when he allegedly fell asleep at the…

Red-eye outbreak reaches Her Majesty’s Prison

Source: Antigua Observer Superintendent of Prisons, Albert Wade said a lack of concern exercised by the criminal courts to ensure ill people were given medical care before being sent to prison, has exposed inmates and staff to contracting conjunctivitis. The attempt by prison officials to prevent the outbreak of the highly contagious disease…

New Jaycees Queen ready to tackle environmental issues

Source: Antigua Observer The winner of the 2017 Miss Jaycees International Queen Show, Ayanna Dorsette, said she is committed to improving awareness on environmental issues during her reign. She told OBSERVER media that it is especially important to push the issue of environmental sustainability since there are many issues that need to be…

Moeen hat-trick seals England rout of South Africa

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Spinner Moeen Ali finished off South Africa with a hat-trick as England completed a crushing 239-run victory in the third test at the Oval on Monday to move 2-1 ahead in the series. Moeen became the first England spinner to achieve a hat-trick in 79 years by…

Singh to lead Windies U15 on England tour

Source: Antigua Observer ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC )– Guyanese Sachin Singh has been named to lead a 14-man West Indies Under-15 Invitational squad on a six-match limited overs tour of England starting next month. The left-handed opener was among the leading scorers in last year’s Regional Under-15 Championship, and joins the likes of Barbadian…

Preparation Games Critical, says Holder

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON, (CMC) – West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his inexperienced side to make the most of the three tour games in the build-up to the opening Test of the three-match series against England later next month. The tourists face Essex in a three-day contest starting Tuesday and will…

Revellers behaving ‘bad’ draws minister’s concern

Source: Antigua Observer Social Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall is not happy with the behavior of some men and women during the weekend festivities. The 60th Anniversary of Carnival kicked off with a Glow Parade on Friday night and a T-Shirt mass on Saturday and there are reports that some people, women in particular,…

TRINIDAD-SECURITY-Defence Force launches audit

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul. 31, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) has launched an investigation into allegations of overpayment made to certain officers. The investigation, ordered by acting Chief of Defence Staff Captain Hayden Pritchard, is being conducted as part of more stringent auditing regulations to…

Kremlin orders Washington to slash embassy staff in Russia

Source: Antigua Observer MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin has ordered the United States to cut about 60 percent of its diplomatic staff in Russia but many of those let go will be Russian citizens, softening the impact of a measure adopted in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions. The ultimatum issued by Russian President…

China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea

Source: Antigua Observer BEIJING (Reuters) – China hit back on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China following Pyongyang’s latest missile test, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution. China has become increasingly frustrated with American…

Minister implores Carnival stakeholders to adhere to safety

Source: Antigua Observer Following reports of minor incidents with parade trucks on the weekend, the Minister of Culture and National Festivals has urged all leaders of mas’ bands and other organisers to conform to the stipulated rules of safety. His warning came after several complaints were made of the revellers getting dangerously close…

Revellers say T-shirt Mas’ is ‘here to stay’

Source: Antigua Observer While the debate on whether T-Shirt Mas’ detracts or adds to Antigua & Barbuda’s carnival festivities, one thing is certain, revellers would have it no other way. OBSERVER media took to the streets on Saturday afternoon to ask onlookers and revellers alike, what their view on the event was and…

Former police commissioner supports police conducting surveillance

Source: Antigua Observer A former Commissioner of Police in St Kitts-Nevis said there’s nothing barring police from conducting surveillance at public meetings, once it is within the law. Last week, Vice President of The Movement Cleon Athill and some residents criticised the police for carrying out surveillance at one of the group’s public…

Sandals saga: Scolding and new Bill achieved nothing, analysts say

Source: Antigua Observer Analysts have warned that the public scolding of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, and the allegations levelled at him and his Sandals hotel chain have done little to fix the relationship between the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and the investor. According to political analyst Alex Bruno, the Gaston Browne administration needs…

Barbados whip Leewards in two days to revive campaign

Source: Antigua Observer BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Barbados exacted the frustration of their opening round loss on Leeward Islands here Saturday, beating them by seven wickets inside two days to revive their Regional Under-19 Championship campaign. Starting the day at Molineaux on 91 for two in their first innings, still 39 runs…

Duffy tops standings after storming to fourth straight victory

Source: Antigua Observer EDMONTON, Canada, CMC – Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy climbed to the top of the World Triathlon Series (WTS) women’s standings in this Canadian city, the capital of Alberta, on Saturday after storming to her fourth straight victory of the season. Duffy, 29, the reigning world champion, led home the field of…

Pollard banking on new focus to do the trick for Tridents

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard hopes a fresh approach to preparation can pay dividends in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League, and atone for a disappointing last season. The 2014 CPL champions were off colour last year, managing a mere three victories to finish fifth and miss…

Editorial: Who are the interlocutors?

Source: Antigua Observer Another case and another guilty verdict in the ugly affair at the United Nations involving Antigua & Barbuda’s former representative and former UN General Assembly President, John Ashe. This time, the man at the top of the bribery scandal, Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng has been found guilty by a…

Changes To Come to The Festivals Commission

Source: Antigua Observer Significant changes will be made to the Festivals commission when this year’s Carnival ends. That’s what the Minister of National Festivals and Culture, E.P Chet Greene has told OBSERVER media. He says the search for a Chairman of the Festivals Commission will begin on August 9th, the day after carnival,…

PAHO says Caribbean takes action to eliminate hepatitis

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON, Jul. 29, CMC – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, are taking action to eliminate viral hepatitis, although challenges remain in the detection and diagnosis of this disease, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death if not treated on…

Trinidad-born priest ordained as new Bishop of Grenada

Source: Antigua Observer ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jul 29, CMC – Father Clyde Harvey Saturday became the second Trinidad and Tobago national to be ordained as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Grenada, succeeding Grenadian Bishop Vincent Darius, who died 15 months earlier. In a four-hour ceremony held at Spice Basket, a cultural centre on the…

Body pulled from water at Creekside

Source: Antigua Observer The police have confirmed the end of a search for a man who disappeared under water at Creekside Friday after the body was found Saturday morning.  Lawmen told OBSERVER media that the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard and divers from the Ministry of Tourism pulled the body of 43-year-old Samuel Gunthropes from…

Government revokes controversial knighthoods

Source: Antigua Observer Anthony Bailey and the six other members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George have all had their honours and knighthoods from Antigua & Barbuda annulled. Governor General Sir Rodney Williams said he could not comment on the matter at the moment when he was contacted by OBSERVER…

APUA’s Summer Internship a trailblazer

Source: Antigua Observer Many young people are seeking job opportunities and one way to increase your chances of getting hired is having work experience through internship programmes. Chairman of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority’s (APUA) Summer Internship Programme, Regis Burton, yesterday expressed concern about young people being academically qualified but lacking job experience.…

New Act imposes stringent measures on hotels

Source: Antigua Observer The government plans to go after hoteliers who fail to pay their fair share of taxes, when it implements the Tax Administration Procedure Act (TAPA). “We will make sure it would be a criminal offence to violate the tax code,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne said in Parliament yesterday as he…

Gemili says he was forced to race in trials while injured

Source: Antigua Observer Adam Gemili claims he was forced to run at the British trials while injured, as he unsuccessfully tried to secure a 200m place for the World Championships. Gemili, who was just three thousandths of a second outside the medals at Rio 2016, was hampered by a hamstring problem as he came…

Second-half slump sends T&T tumbling to defeat

Source: Antigua Observer GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago conceded twice in the second half as they went down 3-1 to Ecuador in their international friendly on Wednesday night in Ecuador. Playing at the Estadio Banco del Pacifico in the first ever meeting between the two sides, the Caribbean side were drawing…

National Athlete Pleads For Support

Source: Antigua Observer There is a desperate campaign on the way to raise funds for a national youth sailor and his coach currently representing Antigua & Barbuda at the International Laser Class Association Under-21 World Championships in Belgium. Jules Mitchell and coach Ashley Rhodes, both currently in Belgium, along with Jules’ mother Susan…

‘Flipper’ expresses confidence in Cool & Smooth All Stars

Source: Antigua Observer Coach of the Cool & Smooth T20 All Stars and former West Indies fast bowler, Kenneth “Flipper” Benjamin, is predicting that his players will match, pound per pound, International stars like Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree and Carlos Brathwaite during a one-off T20 clash against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots…

Editorial: Hallowed halls of Parliament.

Source: Antigua Observer Parliament. If ever there was a word that evokes different meanings to different people, then parliament is that word.  To some, it is a revered house of assembly where manners matter and everyone is honourable. To others, it is nothing more than a rowdy detention hall where unruly kids assemble…

Carnival declared open for the 60th Anniversary

Source: Antigua Observer The Minister of Culture and National Festivals EP Chet Greene is calling on residents to not only have a “safe” but an “enjoyable” carnival as the 60th Anniversary celebration was officially declared open Friday night under the theme Celegrate greatness”. Greene also called on residents to “let us demonstrate that…

Visitor’s phone stolen – Huggins ‘got away easy’

Source: Antigua Observer Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards this month fined Natasha Huggins $500 for being in possession of goods suspected to have been stolen, noting that Huggins ‘got away easy’ for the crime. The sum is the highest possible sentence an offender can receive for the aforementioned offence. The senior magistrate however said,…

Press Release: Guns, Ammo & Drugs Seized in Police Raid

Source: Antigua Observer Three modified Flare Guns, one 9mm Beretta Pistol, two Imitation Shot Guns, and several rounds of ammunition are among some of items seized during an early morning police raid in the Grays Farm area on Friday. Acting on intelligence, members of the Rapid Response (RRU), the Special Services Unit (SSU),…

Document outlines safety guidelines for Carnival

Source: Antigua Observer In an effort to keep the public safe during the 60th Anniversary of Antigua & Barbuda’s Carnival, a document has been prepared, giving specific safety measures that should be taken during parades. Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin said that the Antigua & Barbuda Carnival…

Unemployment fund is possible, but needs support, says

Source: Antigua Observer The establishment of an Unemployment Fund has merit, but needs a larger support base and careful planning, said Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, at a post Cabinet press briefing on Thursday. These remarks by the Minister came over a week after the announcement of the three-month closure of the Sandals…

PM Browne urges hoteliers to form their own union

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is urging hotel workers to break away from existing trade unions and to form their own organisation to advocate on their behalf. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, he said this is urgently needed, as he reflected on a number of matters, to include the annual situation of…

PM alleges Sandals and other hotels ‘creaming off the top’

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is again accusing Sandals Resorts International (SRI) of financial misdeeds – this time, of concealing millions of dollars in profits from the government of Antigua & Barbuda. Yesterday, SRI’s Regional Public Relations Manager Sunil Ramdeen told OBSERVER media that a response to Browne’s allegations would be…

Editorial: Let the festivities begin

Source: Antigua Observer It’s the time of year many save for months to enjoy. We’d tell our readers to watch out – but the reality is, there’s no way to miss it. This evening, thousands of revellers – residents and visitors – will descend on the streets of St John’s to mark the…

Reggae Boyz fail in title bid as US clinch win

Source: Antigua Observer SANTA CLARA, United States (CMC) – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz suffered heartbreak for the second straight CONCACAF Gold Cup when a late goal sent them to a painful 2-1 defeat to the United States in the confederation final here Wednesday night. With the game an open affair heading into the dying…

Cranston hails first tournament as “Spanny-man” takes title

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua & Barbuda Draughts Association (ABDA), Trevor Cranston, has expressed satisfaction with both the standard of play and officiating in the recently held Cool & Smooth/Foster Jonas Draughts Tournament held at the Multipurpose & Exhibition Cultural Centre at Perry Bay. Domingo “Spanny-man” Antonio emerged champion of the…

First Lady to miss Cassada Gardens return

Source: Antigua Observer One of the country’s top thoroughbreds, the First Lady, will miss the opportunity to avenge her loss in the final stage of the Triple Crown Series to Scrumpum when the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) hosts its Carnival Race Meet at the Cassada Garden’s Race Track on Sunday. The meet is…

Sir Viv Puts Cool & Smooth All Stars On Notice

Source: Antigua Observer Former West Indies captain and legendary batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, has hinted that he could be looking to recruit players for a lucrative International T20 league during next Monday’s clash between the Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and the Cool & Smooth T20 All Stars. Speaking…

SURINAME-CRIME – Several terrorism suspects arrested in Suriname

Source: Antigua Observer PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Jul. 27, CMC – The police in Suriname have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. Among the five suspects believed to be Muslim, who were nabbed Sunday are two Dutch nationals, allegedly brothers. arrestsIt is the first time ever that individuals were arrested on…

Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top general told the military on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to ban them appeared to catch senior officers by surprise. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the…

Pan groups and Festival Commission bicker over money, stage

Source: Antigua Observer The Chairman of the Festivals Commission, Maurice Merchant has promised the Pan Association that today it will get money owed for last year’s carnival. The Captain of Gemonites Steel Orchestra, Jowato Henry says Merchant gave the assurance when the Pan Subcommittee met last night with the Pan Association. Henry says…

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